intransitive verb (-lesced; -lescing) Etymology: Latin convalescere, from com- + valescere to grow strong, from val?re to be strong, be well — more at wieldDate: 15th century to recover health and strength gradually after sickness or weakness • convalescencenoun • convalescentadjective or noun
Convalesce Con`va*lesce", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Convalesced; p. pr. & vb. n. Convalescing.] [L. convalscere; con- + valescere to grow strong, v. incho. of valere to be strong. See Vallant.] To recover health and strength gradually, after sickness or weakness; as, a patient begins to convalesce.
(convalesces, convalescing, convalesced) If you are convalescing, you are resting and getting your health back after an illness or operation. (FORMAL) After two weeks, I was allowed home, where I convalesced for three months....those convalescing from illness or surgery.= recuperate VERB: V, V from n